It was a passion for the health industry combined with a deep understanding of its people which lead to the foundation Vitamin Discount Center. Over time, our success can be tracked back to leaning heavily on our core values and foundation of caring about each customer.
In 1998, with healthcare costs skyrocketing, Michael Gore, president of Vitamin Discount Center, recognized the need for an affordable solution for people to start taking a proactive approach to their health. With assistance from Arthur Gore, he teamed up with two close friends, David Conner and Michael Downing. The three men had been fraternity brothers in school at the University of South Florida, creating a life-long friendship. With their shared knowledge of the health industry and strong business acumen, Vitamin Discount Center was born.
The founders, having been in the industry for a combined 54 years, had an innate understanding of alternate nutrition, vitamins, supplements and herbs. Together they opened the first Vitamin Discount Center with the knowledge that when it comes to health care, quality is more important than quantity. After the first store in Carrollwood received such high demand and popularity, a second location was opened to better serve the South Tampa area. Today, there are 10 locations throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas County that help serve the entire Bay Area. “We recognized a need for value. We wanted to open a business with a minimum of 25% off products where you don’t need a membership to get the discount,” says Art Gore, Chairman. The team was so successful in their endeavor that in 2002, VDC was named “Retailer of the Year” by Vitamin Retailer Magazine.
With 10 locations, VDC caters to a wide range of customers, from senior citizens to students and athletes. We understand the importance of everyday nutrition, which is why we offer discounts of up to 50% on all products, including Diet &Weight Loss, Family Wellness, Sports Nutrition, Natural Beauty, and Pet Health.The formula is simple:
Offer deep discounts all the time with extraordinary customer service. With the addition of our core values, the results are exponential; a community that is excited about celebrating health. We look for naturally energetic and personable employees; you can’t teach an inviting smile or a positive attitude. From there we ensure that each and every employee has a vast knowledge and understanding of our products. We are your local friends who you won’t only see in our stores, but jogging through the neighborhood, participating at local events, and lending a helpful hand whenever needed.
“We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and education. We feel we can’t be matched in this area and that’s the main reason why our customers come back time after time."– Michael Gore, President.
Vitamin Discount Center was founded in 1998 and has been committed to improve the health of its customers. We carry industry leading, national brands of vitamins, supplements, health & beauty, and sports nutrition products.
Our Mission is to promote healthy living through the use of high-quality nutritional supplements offered at a discounted price, every day. Backed by genuine, sincere and first rate customer service,we aim to educate and inspire our customers to improve their lives through the use of our products.
Vitamin Discount Center has ten retail locations throughout the Tampa Bay area, catering to a wide range of customers, from senior citizens to students and athletes. We offer discounts of up to 50% on all products, including Diet & Weight Loss, Family Wellness, Sports Nutrition, Natural Beauty, and Pet Health.
Our Internet customers will benefit from the same qualities that have made our retail business so successful: quality products, low prices, and outstanding customer service.